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The Practice of Telehealth and Ethics; Legal Ramifications

“The Health Resources Services Administration defines telehealth as the use of
electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance
clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and
health administration.” Technologies include the use of the following devices: telephone,
video conferencing, internet, smartphone, tablet, pc desktop system, and other
electronic devices. These devices according to HPAA laws must include appropriate
encryption technology and business associate agreements for electronic health
information purposes. “Generally, telehealth practices are subject to the same federal
and state regulations, codes of ethics, and professional guidelines that define the
fiduciary relationship in face-to-face and office-based therapy. It falls within the same
standard of care.” (Zur,2023). It is necessary for healthcare providers to be aware of
telehealth ethics and legal ramifications in the workplace.

6.0 CE Hours (Ethics/Telemental Health)

Dr. Lucy R. Cannon is the CEO/Owner of LEJ Behavioral Health Services, LLC, a training and consulting company in Metropolitan Atlanta. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Georgia and Alabama. She has the following licenses and certifications; LCSW, LICSW, CCDP-D, and MATS.

Dr. Cannon has been a clinician, supervisor, director, and consultant of mental health and co-occurring disorders programs in inpatient and outpatient healthcare organizations and psychiatric hospitals in various states in the United States and Camp Zama, Japan.


She is an Adjunct Professor at Clark Atlanta University School of Social Work. She is also a Facilitator/Speaker for the United States Navy Reserve Command. She is a trainer for various local and national healthcare organizations. She also serves on various healthcare organizations boards of directors and advisory boards.

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